Don Vaughan (landscape architect)
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In 1965, Vaughan, received his bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon. In 1984, he founded a landscape architecture firm, Don Vaughan, Ltd. During the late 1980s, Vaughan left landscape architecture and focused on fine arts, receiving a fine arts degree from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver in 1989. By 1999, the company name was changed to Vaughan Landscape Planning and Design and Vaughan's two sons, Mark and Jeff, joined the firm.
Don Vaughan's park designs are often inspired by the Millicoma River in Coos County, Oregon where he spent his childhood summers. These designs incorporate still ponds, waterfalls, and granite sculptures. Don quit the profession for several years because he felt that landscape architecture was taken for granted by people and that landscape architects remained anonymous. He earned his fine arts degree during this hiatus. He then returned to the practice, feeling that he could more successfully incorporate art and meaning to his landscapes.
One of Vaughan's more ambitious[no citations needed here] landscapes is the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver. To help create an authentic Chinese garden, Don enlisted the aid of 52 Chinese artisans. With the exception of the plants, all materials used to create the garden were imported from overseas. When designing the gardens, a yin and yang approach was taken, meaning that there was a balance created between all of the objects in the garden. For example, the intense classical garden was balanced by the passiveness of the large lake and landscape.
- Ambleside Park, Granite Assemblage, West Vancouver[no citations needed here]
- Discovery Square, Vancouver[no citations needed here]
- Metrotown Civic Plaza, Metrotown Shopping Center, Burnaby, British Columbia[no citations needed here]
- Sunlife Plaza, Vancouver[no citations needed here]
- University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia
- Whistler Village, Whistler, British Columbia
- Hawthorn, Tom (November 14, 2007). "An artist of the natural world". The Globe and Mail. http://tomhawthorn.blogspot.com/2007/11/artist-of-natural-world.html.
- "Profile: Don Vaughan, ASLA.". Landscape Online.com. http://www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/7102. Retrieved October 23, 2007.
- "Vaughan Landscape Planning and Design Firm Profile". Vaughan Planning. 2007. http://www.vaughanplanning.com/profile.htm. Retrieved October 23, 2007.
- Moorhead, S. (1997). Landscape Architecture. Gloucester: Rockport Publishers. p. 200
- Markings: An Anthology of Ideas. (videorecording) 1995. Toronto. Sleeping Giant Productions
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